818! -- That's how many attendees were at this week's Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference! That's an increase of 110 over last year's record breaking attendance. Over 175 attendees were connected to WAGA. Overall, comments from exhibitors and attendees have been outstanding! Conference dates for 2014 will be January 19 - 21 at The Wilderness. Any ideas for Conference sessions for 2014, send them my way.
New WAGA Board Members
Congratulations to Andy Ferguson, Ferguson's Orchard; Ryan Teach, Sunrise Orchard; and David Wildes, Appleberry Farm; for being elected to the WAGA Board for a 3-year term! Look for write-ups about them and their vision for Wisconsin's apple industry in the next FRESH magazine. Thanks to outgoing Board Members Kevin Cain, Tom Ferguson and Bill Stone - all have left a tremendous footprint on Wisconsin's apple industry!
WAGA Members share their Knowledge
Thank you Diane Cain, Cain's Orchard for telling your on-farm store success story in the Tourism track and Andy Ferguson, Ferguson's Orchards, thanks for sharing about Farm Succession Planning in the Apple Track.
Cider Winners 2013
Congratulations to Vern Gasch, Heritage Orchard for once again taking home First Place in the Cider Contest! Second place went to Herdie Baisden, Maiden Rock Apples and third place went to David Lindquist, Glenwood Orchard.
by Anna Maenner, WAGA Executive Director
Disaster Declaration Approved. Click here for a pdf of the USDA declaration.
2012 – Strangest Year Ever! Apple tree blossoming at Oakwood Fruit Farm on September 28th!
Information about the Spotted Wing Drosophila
Here is a link to the article regarding the Spotted Wing Drosophila.
Duane Greene shares Thinning Expertise with WAGA members!
Here are links to the PowerPoint slides from the presentation recently given by Duane Greene.
Midwest Fruit Tree Spray Guide now Available
If you did not receive your 2012 spray guide at the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference, you can now purchase it or download it on line. Here is the link:
Steve Louis Elected WAGA President for 2012
At the recent Wisconsin Apple Growers Association Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference, Steve Louis was elected President for the 2012 calendar year. Steve has served as President of the Association in the past. He succeeded Tom Ferguson who had served the association for the previous two years as President.
Steve is one of the owners of Oakwood Fruit Farm located in Richland Center. Oakwood Fruit Farm will be the site of the Summer Apple Field Day in late July.
Find Your Favorite Apple Varieties!
The New WAGA Website allows consumers and growers to search for their favorite apple varieties! Just click on "Find an Orchard" and select your favorite variety and click "Go". The map and sidebar will show you all the orchards that have indicated they grow that variety. It's a great tool to help you find what apple you are looking for!
Enjoying the Harvest is an activity book written for children showing how Wisconsin's farmers get fruits and vegetables from the field to market. Students will follow the growing process month-by-month - from winter pruning through spring planting and the growing season to the fall harvest. The 24 page booklet offers challenging word searches, crosswords, reading, and coloring activities.
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